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Max Payne 3 Soundtrack Details: São Paulo's Own EMICIDA

Posted on March 8 2012, 1:23pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Music, Games

Earlier this week, we brought you some first details about Max Payne 3's soundtrack with word of L.A. rock ensemble HEALTH's work crafting the game's unique original score (heard in dramatic fashion in the most recent Official Trailer).

Today, we're proud to announce that another key contributor to the game's aural action is celebrated São Paulo rap star Emicida - one of the leaders in a movement that's helped make São Paulo a veritable hip-hop capital for Brazil. Emicida is known for his tough and raw rhymes and freestyles ('Emicida' being a fusion of the words 'emcee' and 'homicide') and for his dedication not only to aesthetics but to imparting important messages of social justice as it relates to the downtrodden of his city and country. Winner of Act of the Year in the 2011 MTV VMB Awards, Emicida's regarded as one of the biggest icons in Brazilian music today and has rocked mega festivals around the world from Rock in Rio to SWU, Sonar, Planet, Atlantis to Coachella.

We reached out to Emicida last week for his candid thoughts on what it's been like working on original music for the game:

"Antes de mais nada, sou fã de video games, como disse nas primeiras reuniões sobre o jogo, temos aqui na Laboratório Fantasma uma admiração muito grande pela Rockstar pois todos, sem excessão somos fãs de GTA, entre outros titulos lançados por eles. Ter a oportunidade de fazer parte do Jogo Max Payne 3 foi muito especial, compor para o jogo então, foi como um sonho, trabalhar com uma história tão densa, obscura onde temos uma trama que se passa na cidade de São Paulo, minha amada São Paulo, é nisso que eu quis me apegar, no inferno astral do personagem somado a paisagem caótica da maior cidade da américa latina, com seus contrastes e cenários, tensão, violência, corrupção, principalmente em um momento tão delicado da história de São Paulo, onde presenciamos uma onda de ataques politicos contra a população de menor renda... estou ansioso para o lançamento e vai ser foda!!" - Emicida

("Before anything else, I’m a huge fan of video games as I shared with you guys during our first meetings regarding the game. Here at Laboratório Fantasma (Records), we have a great admiration for Rockstar and we are, without exception, fans of GTA, among other titles that Rockstar has released. Having the opportunity to be part of the game Max Payne 3 was really special. Creating a song for the game was simply like a dream. We worked along a storyline that is dense, obscure and that takes place in the city of São Paulo, our beloved São Paulo. My intention was to hold on to this idea, that of an astrological inferno – when all the planets are aligned against you – of a character immersed in a chaotic landscape in the largest city of Latin America, with its contrasts and scenarios of tension, violence, corruption, and especially at this very delicate moment in São Paulo’s history where we witness a wave of political attacks against our low-income communities... I am eagerly awaiting the release of the game and it’s gonna be f***ing awesome!!! - Emicida)

We'll have more details including info and a first listen of the original song he created for the game soon...

  • R* Mon October 24 2012, 12:53pmReplyFlag
    • DarthCrossfaderon October 24 2012, 12:53pmReplyFlag
      Love emicidia!
    • Teixeira.Davion April 7 2012, 6:41pmReplyFlag
      @R* Y
      Emicida is a great rapper but please don't forget the legends of rap music in Brazil, Racionais Mc's, if Rockstar add at least one of their music in this sound track, it would be even better ;)
      • R* Yon March 14 2012, 3:47pmReplyFlag
        Thanks all

        @ChicagoEnigma Look for more soundtrack details as we lead up to the release of the game
        • ChicagoEnigmaon March 13 2012, 11:56pmReplyFlag
          Do you have more Brazilian Music artist information coming up. ;) And do you have any details on if a sound track on itunes/cd will be released at the same time or sometime after the official Console or PC release dates?
          • bvlf13on March 13 2012, 10:58pmReplyFlag
            EMICIDA é demais!! (portuguese)

            EMICIDA is AWESOME!!
            • VinieWalkon March 12 2012, 10:09pmReplyFlag
              @R* Y Please put subtitles in Portuguese in the game, thanks man.
              • VinieWalkon March 12 2012, 10:04pmReplyFlag
                @ScarFaceX23 O que o RAP tem a ver com Max Payne 3? vou te responder, o jogo se passa nas favelas de São Paulo, o que você acha que a favela ouve? Sertanejo?

                "The RAP that has to do with Max Payne 3? I will answer you, the game is set in the favelas of Sao Paulo, what do you think you hear the favelas? Backcountry?"
                • SacramentoFCon March 12 2012, 6:57pmReplyFlag
                  EMICIDA is a great singer . Will be optimal in the game
                  • R* Yon March 11 2012, 12:16pmReplyFlag
                    @DrACuL4_M4gn0 Good luck in the Cemetery multiplayer map promotion

                    @joe1606 Thanks for the links
                    • FlimSurpuissanton March 11 2012, 9:32amReplyFlag
                      Great Rockstar , I didn't know Emicida so again it's a artist I discover thank to you .

                      I want you to listen to this french guy , maybe you'll like it !



                      and his hit :

                      • DrACuL4_M4gn0on March 9 2012, 6:56pmReplyFlag
                        Awesome! As a big fan of both Rockstar and Emicida, I'm loving this and expecting an great experience with the game. Better than this would be if I've won the Multiplayer Character Twitter Contest.
                        • R* Yon March 9 2012, 6:14pmReplyFlag
                          @WhatMakesUsHuman @xAn360 @BillWilliamsonJr Cheers! Be on the lookout for more soundtrack details still to come...
                          • WhatMakesUsHumanon March 9 2012, 4:09pmReplyFlag
                            Good to know, as a brazilian, I'm familiar with the work of Emicida. I've never been a big fan of rap, but Emicida's a pretty competent and creative musician a I'm sure he'll compose some very good music for the game.
                            • xAn360on March 9 2012, 3:12pmReplyFlag
                              R* THE BEST !!!

                              Sobre o Emicida adorei mas ...simplesmente não esqueçam dos Racionais fica tudo perfeito.
                              • BillWilliamsonJron March 9 2012, 2:51pmReplyFlag
                                Thanks! Can't wait to hear his contribution.
                                • LikeNoOther317on March 9 2012, 2:29pmReplyFlag
                                  I see, Anyway i'am sure it will be an awesome video, Waiting so hard for the announcement.
                                  Thanks a lot Rocky* for your fast answer.
                                  • R* Yon March 9 2012, 2:18pmReplyFlag
                                    @LikeNoOther317 We expect to announce the next video in the Design & Technology Series soon, likely in the next week or two
                                    • LikeNoOther317on March 9 2012, 2:04pmReplyFlag
                                      @EMERSEX Thanks a lot man for the awesome video as i can be very sure now that Rockstar have made the best choice ( like always) for Max Payne 3 to be more amazing game.

                                      Warring Rocky*, my love for you now is extremely
                                      high so maybe i get a heart attack. :D

                                      Oh sorry before i forget i have to ask
                                      Rocky* The next Design & Technology video that is coming soon, What it will show for us exactly???

                                      • UnCool_Headon March 9 2012, 1:56pmReplyFlag
                                        Nossa, cara... deixa de ser chato. A Rockstar já disse mais de nove mil vezes que informações sobre traduções seriam mostradas antes do lançamento do jogo.
                                        Fora que ela vem dizendo há um tempo que NÃO colocará legendas em inglês das falas em português, pros jogadores norte-americanos se sentirem perdidos por não entenderem a língua. Logo não faz sentido nenhum em colocar um protagonista dublado, por mil caralhos.

                                        E o que Max Payne 3 tem com rap? Ué... O cenário principal do jogo é São Paulo - pólo principal do hip hop na América do Sul.
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